Crystal Bowersox's Wedding Dress and Ring Details Revealed

10/13/2010 at 12:00 PM ET

Bob Berg

When Crystal Bowersox announced her engagement to fellow musician and longtime friend Brian Walker last month, she promised to be anything but the typical bridezilla — and from her unique earth-friendly dress to her diamond-free wedding ring, the season 9 American Idol runner-up seems to have stayed true to her word. The bride wore an organic, hemp and cotton wedding gown from Vermont designer Tara Lynn to exchange her vows on Sunday at the Chicago café where she first met Walker six years ago, saying ‘I do’ with a 1.1-carat princess cut ruby ring designed by Walker and crafted by Chicago’s Traci Coughlin and Steve Quick Jewelers. “There are no diamonds to be found as we don’t believe in the violence and injustice that occurs within the diamond trade industry,” Bowersox tells PEOPLE. “Both rings feature the masonry symbol, an infinity 8, and the Sanskrit symbol for the sound ‘om’ and a personal design that for us represents three: Brian, Crystal, and Tony.” As for her one of a kind wedding dress? “The gown is a simple princess line with an open back; a machine-knit hemp twine strap crisscrosses in back,” says designer, Tara Lynn. And new bride Bowersox couldn’t have been more pleased with the results. “I gave Tara Lynn the base ideas of what I wanted, and in three weeks, she created a beautiful gown made of hemp and cotton, with a handmade macramé and bead sunflower design on the front,” Crystal tells PEOPLE. “The train of the dress is a handmade design of hemp twine, sea shells, and beads, some of which came from pieces of sentimental jewelry.” Read more details on Crystal’s intimate Chicago wedding in the current issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. –Gillian Koenig; reporting by Marisa Laudadio

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Cj on

what a downer Ms Debbb is !!! Living a sad
and angry existence … sorry for you.

Congrats ..great look…Best Wishes to Crystal, her man and her lovely lttel boy .

Betty Boob on

Debbbb – you are a hater! Crystal’s dress was an ORIGINAL creation. Learn to love!

Crystal has a beautiful singing voice. Congratulations! You deserve it.

Anon on

I am really excited for her – and “hippie” or “naturalist” or whatever you want to call it – wasn’t just a generation, it is a way of life and thought. She’s treating the earth with love and respect, and she’s obviously at peace, and really happy. Maybe you should find out what truly makes you happy – without fear of judgement or hate.

Booke on

Wow Deb, sorry to hear about your miserable life. Who has time for all the hate. Congrats to the couple.

Louise on

Hey, don’t be mean to Debbbb. Just look at the spelling of her name. She’s cleary the arbitor of all things current.

PJ on

I am very happy for her. Congrats Crystal!

Kylie on

Debbbbb, you’re a bad person, I hope you get stomach cramps today

Lynnette on

I’m from the “hippie” generation and would be proud to add another one to the fold….that’s what “real-hippies” do. ha! But I don’t think think Crystal can be put in any catagory as she’s her own woman and is expressing her own ideas. She looks beautiful and good for her for following her beliefs in how to care for the world even in her wedding and marriage.

Diane on

hippy style never went out ,so who is this debbbb person to say go get your own style,this is the style,get a life ,pick up a mag.youll see all kind wearing this same style boo-hoo to you

jenn on

best wishes to a long productive, healthy marriage

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